St. Patrick principal resigns

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]
Wesley Cooper -

St. Patrick School Principal Wesley Cooper has tendered his resignation.

According to a letter sent to teachers and parents by Rev. Jacob Straub of St. Patrick Church, Cooper’s last day with the school will be June 22.

“I want to thank him for his service to our school and ask you to keep him in your thoughts and prayers,” Straub said in the letter.

According to Straub, the school is currently searching for a new principal.

“We are now actively seeking a new principal to take our school in the direction God wishes us to go,” he said. “In conjunction with the school board, I will be establishing a search committee to aid in the process of finding the right person for the job. We will be utilizing the aid of our diocese and the neighboring dioceses, along with various local colleges and universities to ensure a wide net of candidates from which to select the new principal.”

Cooper was named principal of the school in July 2017.

He was raised in an area about 40 miles outside Baltimore, Md. After high school, he received a bachelors and a masters degree in history from the University of Maryland in 1998.

He then taught high school social studies for 13 years in Maryland, while also conducting archaeological research in England, Ireland, Germany, Cyprus and Belize.

“During that time, I taught Western civilization and anthropology as an adjunct for Allegheny College of Maryland and West Virginia University,” he said.

Several years ago, Cooper and his family purchased a farm in Lewis County and he began teaching social studies at Fleming County High School as well as Western civilization and Medieval history at Maysville Community and Technical Center.

Cooper did not say what his plans are after leaving the school district.

Wesley Cooper Cooper

Christy Howell-Hoots

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